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Citizen Scientists Can Help Support Imperiled Western Monarchs
by The Xerces Society
This winter, the western monarch butterfly population has dipped to an all-time low, and the iconic western monarch migration is on the verge of collapse. The annual Xerces Society Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count tallied only 28,429 butterflies—an 86% drop from the previous count done at the same sites during Thanksgiving 2017, and a dizzying 99.4% decline from the numbers present in the 1980s. It can be hard to wrap one’s mind around the scope of this decline. Another way of viewing it is that for every 160 monarch butterflies there were in the 1980s, there is only one left today.
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